Protecting the dental or orthodontic treatments of patients with a quality sports mouthguard which costs the price of lunch seems like a no-brainer. This is why DB Orthodontics has teamed with Opro mouthguards to highlight how easy it is for clinicians to introduce this valuable, yet inexpensive appliance to patients.
Already a global name in custom fit and self fit sports mouthguards, Opro is worn by England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Australia Rugby, GB Hockey, many AVIVA Rugby Premiership Rugby teams, UFC, GB Taekwondo, and US association Pop Warner – feeder group for NFL to name but a few.
Experts in orthodontics, DB Orthodontics will champion Opro’s philosophy: protection, retention and fit. It will introduce the Gold Level Braces range to its UK customer base of dentists and orthodontists, global distributors, and is looking to broaden the range later in the year.
What is a sports mouthguard designed to do?
According to a study published in Sport’s Health Journal1, a mouthguard should perform three functions:
- Restructure and absorb shock to reduce or prevent fractures in teeth and jaws
- Provide soft tissue protection to decrease oral and lip lacerations
- Give support by filling in missing teeth spaces.
Do brace wearers need a different kind of mouthguard? Yes. This is where Opro’s Gold Level Braces come into their own.
A gold standard
Gold Braces are a self-fit, competition-level range of mouthguards featuring Opro’s unique model design developed from 15 oral contact points. This enhances comfort in the mouth by distributing any physical impact from the anterior zone through to the posterior zone. Gold Braces mouthguards surround the orthodontic brackets safely without getting stuck in the undercuts or de-bonding – making them easy to use.
Gold Braces feature a durable outer layer for optimum impact protection and a flexible inner layer for supreme comfort and fit. They are available for upper and lower braces, come with a free case and include bio master technology – protecting against microbial growth. Lastly, all Gold Braces wearers are covered with a generous warranty of up to £15,000.
Easy for patients
Each model comes with a convenient cradle for use when placing in boiling water and fitting in the mouth. The material is strong enough to be re-boiled three times if necessary – allowing for movements in the dentition during the course of treatment.
Opro (short for oral protection) was founded by former dentist, Dr Anthony Lovat, in 1997 with the aim of reducing oral dental trauma and concussions by introducing custom fitting mouthguards into the schools of the UK. In 2007, Opro Self-Fit was released in the UK, and was the first boil and bite mouthguard range to fully satisfy and pass the CE certification process – setting Opro ahead of the game. As further testament to its innovation, 2007 saw it receive the Queen’s Award in recognition of its ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.
For all dentists and orthodontists, offering Opro mouthguards not only protects the dentition, it shows the patient a commitment to providing an extra level of care and peace of mind. When time and money has been invested in a beautiful smile, why not make the extra step to keep it that way?
Young E, Macias R and Stephens L (2013) Common Dental Injury Management in Athletes. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Sport’s Health Journal 20(10): 1-6